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hey there, everybody. from the cnn center in atlanta, georgia, this is cnn sunday morning for the 29th of november. i'm t.j. holmes. >> and i'm betty nyguyen. you see the forecast, we're going to leave that up for folks. millions of people out there traveling. you need that forecast. keep your eyes on the screen, check out the bottom, we'll keep updating the forecast in different cities.
our reynolds wolf is here, as well. plus, tiger woods still holding out. police showed up at his door to talk about friday's car crash and he said, no thanks, come back tomorrow. we've got more details for you today. also new pictures of his banged up escalade coming up. also, another story with all kinds of twists. you know that couple accused of crashing the white house state dinner, they took the pictures with the president. they weren't supposed to be there, secret service is embarrassed and all that. and would you believe now everybody's waiting to hear from them? but they are demanding some cash for their interviews. we'll tell you how that is all going down. but first, going to give you a check of some of our top stories. election day in honduras, about 30,000 police officers and armed soldiers are lining the streets for security. polls open in about two hours. manuel zelaya was ousted in a
coup back in june as you remember. still, washington says it will recognize the winner of today's vote. zelaya was called -- or has called for a boycott of today's election. he's not on the ballot. not running for president. u.s. marshals now offering a $10,000 reward for the arrest of this man. paul michael merhige. accused of killing his family members, including his cousin. >> i just felt an urge, you know, go give her a kiss. so i went in there, and i was telling her how much i love her, how special she is. just what an honor it is to be her dad. and we had a tender moment, and i kissed her good night, she went -- i put her to sleep and she woke up with jesus.
>> a vigil was held for mckacka la. a lifeline on the way for homeowners in danger of foreclosure. the obama administration expected to announce a new initiative to put more pressure on mortgage lenders. converting trouble loans into new loans with lower payments, all part of the $75 billion program announced earlier in the year. investigators aren't closer to getting answers in the car crash involving tiger woods. >> they're hoping to speak to woods and his wife today, they were hoping to speak to them yesterday and also the day before that. well, our susan candiotti is in windermere, florida, where investigators have been turned away hoping maybe the third time's the charm. >> reporter: t.j. and brianna, good morning. highway patrol troopers say they're as surprised as anyone else why they haven't been able to hook up yet with tiger woods
and his wife to take a statement after that traffic accident. they call it very unusual. a cracked up front end of what's believed to be tiger woods' cadillac suv. accident photos provided anonymously to cnn affiliate wftv. the shots taken after police say the golfing phenom crashed into a fire hydrant at the end of his driveway and slammed into a neighbor's tree. >> he was on the ground semiunconscious and had lacerations to his upper lip. >> reporter: two separate cars entered the gated upscale community on saturday to hear firsthand from woods about what caused him to apparently lose control of his car at 2:30 in the morning thanksgiving night. but on their way there, woods' agent called and said come back tomorrow. police say it wasn't the first time they were turned away. just after the accident, the mother of two was described as frantic, standing over her husband when police arrived. they said she bashed out a rear window with a golf club. >> from what i understand she explained the doors were locked
and she could not gain entry. >> reporter: they released an initial report that says the accident was not alcohol-related. woods has a squeaky clean image and known for keeping his private life private, even his boat is called privacy. woods is not only golf's biggest draw and record-setting title holder, he's an endorsement power house. everything from nike golf, gatorade, and ea sports. his wife and children are only occasionally seen at tournaments. when his son was born last february, woods released this family portrait. under florida law, tiger woods is not required to make a statement to police. all he really has to do is show he has a valid driver's license, proof of registration, and insurance. and perhaps today he'll do that. t.j. and brianna? president obama is set to unveil the new strategy for afghanistan, including an
expected troop increase, coming tuesday night at west point. >> frederick pleitgen is embedded with american troops. >> reporter: just days before the president is to announce his new strategy on afghanistan, which could potentially put tens of thousands of more soldiers here into this country, soldiers on the ground tell us those troops are badly needed. what we did here was revisited a unit we followed into afghanistan when they were first deployed earlier this year. here's what happened. a little more than six months ago, we were with the fourth engineer battalion when they first touched down in kandahar. airlifted from iraq to southern afghanistan to help bolster the war effort. one of those making the move, private first class kimbell. >> my family? they're supportive. when you make the decision to join the army, especially at a time of war, they support it and know we're doing the right
thing. >> reporter: kimbell han was killed on october 23rd when a roadside bomb struck his vehicle. his was not the only casualty this unit has suffered. in all the unit has already lost 11 men in just over six months here in afghanistan, most of them to improvised explosive devices. 17 soldiers have suffered so-called life-changing injuries, like losing limbs. >> not only mentally, but physically it's very exhausting to know that somebody that you were working with went down and there was nothing you could do about it. >> reporter: one thing they can do, train the arrivals on how to evacuate the wounded after an ied strike. they are now the number one killer of american soldiers in afghanistan. and some of those in this unit that hunts ieds says the only way to change that is by putting more boots on the ground. >> i think we need more presence, making it a lot safer.
don't have enough time to -- >> reporter: the bomb that killed kimbell han was a charge packed with several hundred pounds of explosives. >> i think we've been prepared, we've all done the training necessary to accomplish this mission. >> reporter: but making that mission less treacherous will be a challenge. one of the most critical challenges in this eight-year-long war. the potential troop increase is the main topic on the bases in kandahar and all of southern afghanistan. one interesting topic is many of the soldiers wonder where all of the troops are going to go. what we can say is a lot of the bases in southern afghanistan are really bursting with so many soldiers on them. it's really unclear how the infrastructure is going to sustain more troops. fred pleitgen, afghanistan. and a reminder that cnn on tuesday, president obama announcing his decision on u.s. troops heading to afghanistan.
our special coverage begins tuesday night, 7:00 eastern. a lot of people heading home today to get back to work, of course, after the holiday. keeping your eye on the bottom of the screen. if you are going to travel today, you're going to see the forecast for your city. plus reynolds wolf is keeping an eye on all of it. >> let's be completely honest here. after days of eating holiday food, people are not just leaving grandma's house, they're running for their lives, getting out of there, going to the roads, going to the airports. and the thing is, you don't need the headaches of delays, but chances are, they're going to be some out there. that's coming up in a few moments. >> some people like their grandmothers, reynolds. >> i love grandma too, but eating 80 pounds of turkey, that can do something to you. >> we'll see you in a second, buddy. everybody knows alicia keys. everybody knows that voice, but do you know this alicia keys? ♪ because a real man knows a
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think that we're trying to convey some message through song that might be detrimental. >> there was a lot of football yesterday, but also there was a basketball game this weekend that the president decided to take in. did you catch this, folks? yes, the president snuck into a game. this is the oregon state george washington basketball game. now why would he pick this game to go to along with his family? well, because his brother-in-law is -- there he is right there, the head coach. yes, that is michelle, the first lady's brother. first year on the job. they did win the game. they're off to a rough start, 2-3, but they won this game in particular. but that's a nice little holiday family outing. to check out the uncle, brother-in-law. >> can you imagine you're playing that game and you're the third string point guard, you go for one-in-one, and they're like, by the way, the president of the united states is sitting up there watching you. no pressure.
>> that had to be a treat for those guys. got jerseys for the george washington team, but what a treat for having the first family in attendance. you're a busy guy today, everybody's paying attention to you. not that we don't always. >> today's going to be big, especially in places like detroit. we've got a few scattered clouds. it is going to be the big holiday travel time. so far so good. what's weird about this crazy shot in the motor cities, that shot is actually -- the camera is in canada. and it is actually south of the city of detroit. that's right, there's actually one little segment of canada that is actually south of part of the u.s. part of canada, and that's the shot we have this morning, you see the renaissance center on one side. more cloud cover being moved into the motor city today. and the reason is simple. you see this area of low pressure and this frontal boundary, that drifts across the great lakes, bringing in scattered showers and storms with it. in terms of severe thunderstorms, probably not going to see that. don't really have the dynamics
to cause that to happen, but more than enough to give us a few delays. meanwhile, pretty dry, mild condition. windy days yesterday in parts of new york where you had wind gusts topping 50 miles an hour. tropical storm wind gusts -- we're expecting are better day for parts of the southeast. along parts of the gulf coast, but then as you get back to the southern end of the rocky mountains and the high levels of arizona, snow will be a possibility. anyone taking a drive along parts of i-25, places like albuquerque, you're going to have issues there, and look for issues in parts of the pacific northwest. but the big delays, again, could be due to the wind although not quite as strong as it was yesterday. you also see in st. louis, detroit, memphis, low clouds, rain, dallas, houston, showers and thunderstorms may also be in the picture. all right, you're up to speed. hope you enjoy those leftovers. they seem to last forever, don't they. let's send it back to you at the desk. >> we appreciate it. we'll be checking in with you often this morning. we've got new details about
the accused party crashers. the new detail is that a lot of people are waiting to hear from them, waiting for them to show up in an interview. well, they want some cash -- >> not just a little. >> i don't know why i'm doing that -- >> that's like chump change. >> we'll tell you how much they're asking for and how much they're asking cnn to fork over. plus online retailers are trying all kinds of new things to win your business for cyber monday. and our josh levs is here to explain that. >> hi, guys. you saw it before, i think you've seen it. this giant mobile unit from ebay is traveling all over the country. will this change how online businesses are competing? you are going to watch us climb on board. assure you it does. i can only taste... only taste the crunchy clusters, honey, and brown sugar. no madam, i don't have esp. (announcer) fiber one. cardboard no. delicious yes. been putting our clients first. according to a leading independent research firm, in 2009 clients rated wells fargo advisors
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holiday spending in this economy. also online sites are doing the same thing. >> our josh levs took a tour of the ebay mobile boutique. check this out. >> as we look at retailers this season, ebay is doing something brand new. they have this mobile boutique. here to tell us about it. >> good morning, how are you? >> good morning to you. what is this? >> we are looking at the ebay mobile boutique, a virtual ebay marketplace. step inside and get over 200 million gift ideas for the holiday. it's rolling into your town. >> this is traveling in major cities across the country. >> major cities, popping up everywhere, highlighting the ebay marketplace and the people that make it run. >> and the idea here behind what you're doing is you need to compete. you have all of the different stores out there selling -- if you buy something from ebay, you can bargain for a price and then ebay gets a chunk of that. >> absolutely. but the greatest thing is we're highlighting the great merchandise available. the selection and of course, the
value. everyone needs a deal this holiday season and ebay has them for you. >> let's take a look at some of the deals. >> absolutely. >> this is one of the most popular things. >> yes, the zhu zhu pets. these are little electronic robotic hamster, scoot around on the floor. these are the hottest thing. when you put it on the floor, it can go -- it does all kinds of things. but these are sold out in stores, the only place you can find them available are on ebay. we have over 20,000 of them listed on ebay right now. sold out in stores. >> one reason a lot of people turn to ebay is for electronics. they hope to get things they can't get in stores any more. >> absolutely. but the greatest thing, iphones, ipods, we have them available on the site. e-readers are huge this year, as well. and of course, ipods, little shuffles, cameras. i love this great tv. perfect for a kids room or a
kitchen, great size, great value. >> let's climb on board the ebay mobile boutique. >> five computer kiosks inside, and the hottest gifts all laid out in front of you. >> we're going to emphasize these aren't being for sale here. you buy from someone else via the internet. these are to suggest items you want to look for on ebay. >> this is to inspire people. and we have shopping experts on hand to help you shop, get the correct search terms. >> there's a lot to this unit. how much does ebay pay to make them? >> we don't detail our marketing commitments. however, this is a great program. we want to get consumers in here. we want people to experience ebay, and we want to highlight the sellers and make our marketplace run, and these are all of the things our sellers have to offer. >> that mobile boutique is traveling to some 11 cities. you know it's the holiday season -- >> when you hear that music for one. >> i like that. >> you like that? >> and you know what that
a look now at some of the top stories we're following. in russia, workers are laying new track at the site of two possible terror-related blasts. officials there say they found elements of an explosive device, including a large crater under the track where a train derailed on friday killing at least 26 people, injuring about 100 more.
officials say a second device went off yesterday on a nearby track, but no one was hurt in that explosion. five more bodies have been recovered after a ferry capsized in southern bangladesh. that brings the death toll to 36. half of the victims are children. officials say the boat, which fits about 1,500 people was carrying about 2,000 when it toppled friday from just too many weight. pretty solid start to the holiday shopping season. retailers raked in almost $10.7 billion on friday. that's according to shopper track which keeps an eye on the sales numbers. also seeing .5% increase over last year. and a manufacturer in germany to reach new customers in the u.s. well, ups can help bring it all together with efficient solutions like paperless invoice that can help make customs a breeze. hey, the opportunities are out there. seize them with ups. you know, it's hard drawing those perfect circles.
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>> and the famous dance troop is touring through 31 cities this year, and our melissa long has your backstage pass. >> reporter: three quarters of a century and still kicking. the spectacular signals the holidays are here. >> we started in 1933, and we always try to reinvent and reimagine and create the show. >> still, crowds are nostalgic, they expect the ladies to perform precision dance and eye-high kicks. on tour at atlanta's fox theater, 24-year-old joanna richardson invited us backstage to share some of the show's secrets. like how they trick your eye. >> to create the illusion that we all are, you know, the same height, we put the tallest girls in the center and the shorter girls cascade out to the sides. >> reporter: the rockettes range from 5'6" to 5'10", and they're
just as choreographed backstage as on stage. one quick change, just 90 seconds. and in the dance of the wooden soldiers, the ladies must wiggle into the wiggle into the white pants. >> they're so starched, we can't sit down in them. >> reporter: another secret, a grid you can't see, but the dancers can. >> we have numbers across the front of the stage, letters across the sides. and at certain points going up stage we have colored lines. and we have an exact position for every step we do. >> reporter: and with all of those steps and up to four gruelling performances a day, how do the ladies pamper their tender feet? ice baths. >> we soak our feet in ice water for about 10 minutes after the show to help, you know, keep the swelling down. >> reporter: something they appreciate every time the curtain goes up. melissa long, cnn, atlanta. >> all right. from kicks to kickbacks.
the couple accused of crashing the white house state dinner. well, they say it's time to get paid. the salahis are demanding hundreds of thousands of dollars for an interview. cnn is one of the networks they asked for some of that money. we just don't have a budget for that kind of thing. or the ethics for it. we of course, said no. >> that's really the issue. and mikhail salahi is trying to get on the real housewives of d.c. and the secret service says the salahis weren't on the guest list tuesday night, but agents mistakenly let them through. >> a lot of folks have an opinion about this story one way or the other. a lot of people weighing in on facebook and twitter. we have been asking you the question. we've gotten a ton of questions this weekend. i will start with this facebook something that somebody sent me here, essentially asking the question do you think they should be punished? >> and norman says no, the white
house couple should not be punished. this should be and will be a lesson for the white house security to learn from. in his opinion, the white house couple should be commended. they were just ordinary people -- okay, rich ordinary people who took a chance of a lifetime to enter the white house. verne says maybe the secret service will crash their sunday brunch. maybe. charges could be coming is what verne is alluding to there. i don't know if betty's checking hers this morning, but you can send them to me at facebook and twitter and also our blog and weekends at cnn.com. and a lot of people -- i don't know how to say it. maybe even 50/50. some people think it's more on the security and they shouldn't be punished. >> clearly differing opinions here. >> even you and i have differing opinions about this. well, afghanistan we'll turn to next. this isn't the only topic in washington this week as you certainly would know since you
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>> a lot of people still trying to make it back home after the holiday weekend. well, millions of people, in fact, are doing that today, and that's why we're helping out by showing the forecast for cities around the country. keep your eyes on the bottom of the screen and it'll rotate through various cities. and reynolds will be joining us in a few minutes with the full travel forecast coming up in about six minutes from now. state investigators in florida planning to try, at least, to interview golfer tiger woods and his wife today about tiger's early friday morning accident. investigators went to the couple's orlando-area home yesterday to talk with the couple but were told they were not available. that's the same thing they were told when they went on friday, as well, to talk to tiger. u.s. marshals are offering a $10,000 reward to leading to the arrest of this man, paul michael merhige, accused of killing four of his family members friday night, including his 6-year-old
cousin. his father talks to reporters and recalls tucking her in right before the shooting. >> i felt an urge to go give her a kiss. so i went in there and i was telling her how much i love her, how special she is. what an honor it is to be her dad. we had a tender moment and i kissed her good night. she went -- i put her to sleep and she woke up with jesus. >> a vigil was held for makayla in jupiter last night. she was expected to dance in a performance of the nutcracker this weekend. in honduras about 30,000 police officers and armed soldiers lining the streets for security there today. polls open in about 90 minutes. zelaya was ousted back in june you may remember. washington and many countries around the world condemn the coup and refuse to recognize the
interim president. but they will recognize the winner of today's vote. zelaya has called for a boycott of the election. neither are on the ballot today. president obama, meanwhile, unveiling his strategy for afghanistan coming up on tuesday night. >> the president is expected to announce to send more troops to the country. he'll make that announcement at the military academy west point. and coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. eastern. well, december, getting off to a busy start in the world of politics. that's the president's speech tuesday, more to be done. >> there's also going to be movement on two top domestic issues. health care reform and unemployment. and cnn's deputy political director paul steinhauser has more on that. >> good morning, brianna, t.j. the battle over health care reform resumes tomorrow on capitol hill. the full senate begins to deliberate and argue over the bill. some of the potential stumbling
blocks, a public option. how to pay for the bill. the debate could go on for weeks. senate majority leader harry reid hopes to have a final vote before christmas. the economy's still by far issue number one with americans and it is with barack obama, as well. thursday, the president holds a job forum at the white house. the next day heading to allentown, pennsylvania to talk about jobs with the nation's unemployment rate above 10%. finding jobs for americans is job number one for the administration. but newt gingrich may be beating president obama to the punch. gingrich will hold what he calls a real job summit in cincinnati on wednesday. that's one day before the president's forum. gingrich is expected to hold a second in mississippi. as we move towards next year's crucial midterm election, the economy is the most important on the mind of most americans and both political parties can't do enough to remind voters they're
looking for solutions to help get people back to work. brianna, t.j.? we're calling this the weather bar right there. pull up a seat to the weather bar, get your forecast. >> that usually means something different when we're talking about reynolds. reynolds -- >> i resemble that remark. i have no idea what could've possibly meant. >> pull up a seat to our weather bar. >> yeah. >> sometimes it's not enough and you have to go see the man. and that's what we're doing now. we're checking in with you. >> well, we've got a couple of travel spots out there. we had some issues yesterday with some winds or yesterday in parts of the northeast. we have wind gusts actually tropical storm force winds in excess of 50 miles an hour. today the wind will be a little bit of an issue in the morning. and because of that, well, your airports and new york and boston and philadelphia going to have some issues there. not just the winds, but the sheer volume of people heading out today and for tomorrow. if you're waiting for tomorrow, same issues in the northeast
corridor. for st. louis, detroit, memphis, low clouds, rain, dallas and houston. not only a chance of showers and thunder boomers into the afternoon. the reason we're going to see this big widespread range of weather conditions from the rain to the snow is going to be really due to this area of low pressure and that frontal boundary into parts of the southeast north of the gulf coast. as it sweeps its way to the east, showers and storms popping up behind it. but on the backside, this area of low pressure. also cold air funneling in behind it. and with that, the shallow cold air. we could see snow pile-up in places like marquette, michigan, perhaps into milwaukee before the day is out. but when you head back to the west, it's going to be possibly heavy snowfall for the four corners. if you're taking that drive from denver to about albuquerque, you're going right down parts of 25. you're going to be hitting some heavy snowfall, especially when you get into the mountains of new mexico. it's great for skiers, but if you're driving, that's a pain, guys. let's be honest. we've got some video. and speaking of parts of the
four corners, down in the lower elevations here, casa grande, strong dust storms. dust going everywhere. ten fatalities on the stretch of i-10. widespread damage, a tractor trailer overturned, rough conditions. and it's really caused by some high-based thunderstorms and down burst winds, picked up some of that strong -- really strong winds. the winds picked up the dust and there you see the result. typical scene this time of the year when you have those kind of conditions. that is the latest we've got for you. busiest time on the roads. the very latest information. going to want to keep it not just here, but as you mentioned at the bar at the bottom of the screen. let's send it over to you guys. yeah. >> thanks, reynolds. >> it's great if yourself thirsty, but if you're hungry -- >> instead of a snack bar, that's what we have. your five-day forecast, as well. you can see as you get back to work what you're facing. >> thank you. if that wasn't enough for you,
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guys get all kinds of whacky weekend events. the first one is based on charles dickens. it's going to be in michigan. actually the first of three weekends. because one weekend to be completely honest is not enough. you have to have three weekends for the great work of charles dickens. get out there and enjoy yourself. in arkansas, hosting the 74th annual duck calling contest. we're not talking about you pick up the phone and call the duck, you have to have an instrument or do it with your hands or something and call ducks. the contest starts after the big duck gumbo cookoff.
you celebrate the duck and eat it. last week they crowned the queen mallard. in south carolina, they have the chitlin strut. they feature stars of some of the competitive eating circuits, kobayashi, some of those guys. they take about 50 pounds of raw entrails and eat them as fast as they can -- no, they're cleaned and breaded and all of that stuff and you eat them. people think -- >> fried. >> they are fried. >> what's amazing -- i've heard chitl chitlins are quite good. who was that guy in history that said, no, no, intestines, that's what i want. that's going to be a key thing for me, load up the plate. >> we'll get the history for you. >> that's what i'm saying. in las vegas they've got the auto show, and across the pond to switzerland in the high mountains where they have the championship. chimney climbing, sledding, and
santa ski races. who knew he could ski? i had no idea. the sleigh, sure, but skiing, i guess when you live in the north pole, you have that one day. >> these are important skills, though. they need to be honed. >> downhill, you know, it's not really competitive stuff. it's in the high mountains and it's going vertical. it's scary stuff. >> out of his element. >> did i mention the charles dickens festival is this weekend? >> have a drink. >> thanks, we'll see you in a minute. officers are trying to get tiger woods' side of the story about his car accident and they were turned away actually. >> and a lot of people are wondering, reports are he hit a fire hydrant and then a tree. a lot of people wondering how bad was the damage to his suv? well, we've got some pictures.
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lives of people forever for the price of a pair of shoes. >> alicia keys didn't set out to do humanitarian work in africa. in a way, africa came to her. it was 2002, her first album was climbing the charts, she won grammys for best new artist and song of the year. but she never expected an invitation to perform in africa. >> i was wowed that people that far away would know my music. >> reporter: maybe she knew that 40% of the population there was infected with hiv/aids, but those numbers didn't hit home until she came face to face with the people there. >> i started to meet kids my age and younger who were personally dealing with it, lost their parents, watched their parents die, then had to raise their younger brothers and sisters if they're 14 and they're raising their 7-year-old and 6-year-old
brother and sister. >> reporter: the people she met changed her life. and ever since, this 12-time grammy award winning singer has been working to change theirs. >> when i was leaving, they were saying don't forget us. please don't forget us. >> reporter: within a year, keys co-founded the keep a child alive organization with film maker and activist lee blake. their mission is to build clinics and provide kids and families with medicine that will save their lives. >> picture your brother, picture your mother, picture your daughter, picture your son, and picture them suffering greatly. you would not tolerate it. you wouldn't. you would say whatever i have to do to change it, i'm going to do it. >> reporter: on december 15th, alicia keys will release her fourth cd, showing a different side of her music. >> i'm reborn. you will feel a different side of me, definitely. a freer side of me, more confident side of me, stronger side.
>> reporter: the first single doesn't mean anything is already out and getting plenty of play. you see her here performing on "regis and kelly." >> everybody knows what you do behind the piano. but what do you want to be known for years down the road? >> i want to be known as an incredible global citizen. and a person who has made their mark in inspiring positively. i'll tell you one thing, though, they're going to make it through. they're going to have something serious to say. they're going to change the world. we're going to change the world. this is my generation. we're about to do something really big.
>> all right. you're hearing that song there from the new album. it was supposed to come out. she wanted to coordinate it and come out on december 1st, she delayed it, it's not coming out until the 15th. do you know why? well, she wanted to add a song with beyonce. they have a duet that they're adding to that album. so that might be worth delaying your album for. >> yeah, definitely. >> but also the work she's doing in africa, she's going to expand to india next. she calls that the next natural progression of her work. look for her to help out in india, as well. >> that was a great piece. well, in russia, a second explosion near the site of friday's deadly train wreck. >> investigators are now calling this an act of terrorism. we're going to be going live to moscow. but only malibu has onstar. big deal. i'll just use my phone. let's say we crashed. whoops, your phone's gone. onstar automatic crash response can call to see if you're ok. if you don't answer, they can automatically send help.
you know that couple accused of crashing the white house state dinner? well, they want to make a buck off of it. they're demanding hundreds of thousands of dollars for an interview. and cnn is one of the networks that said no to that. >> we actually laughed when they asked. our kate bolduan now is telling
us that the secret service is admitting they let it slip. >> reporter: the secret service insist president obama was never in any danger as this couple had to go through levels of security screening to get in. but in a statement released friday, the director of the secret service mark sullivan says the agency is deeply concerned and embarrassed. the statement goes on to say they should have been prohibited from entering the event entirely. that failing, he says, is ours. clearly the review of the security breach continues. fran townsend says she expects to see fallout. >> at best, the uniform division secret service agents who let them on to the property will be disciplined and at worse they could potentially be fired. i will tell you, it is a very serious security breach. because after all, bad people will watch this and watch how they did it and learn. and they may test the secret
service in other circumstances if not at the white house as a result of this. so it is a very, very serious case. >> reporter: the white house has requested a full review of the circumstances surrounding this incident, but white house spokesperson nick shapiro made a point of saying the u.s. secret service still has the full confidence of president obama. now, the secret service has not ruled out the possibility of criminal charges in this incident. >> yeah. criminal charges. what was that music there for a second? we are asking you to weigh in on this story. a lot of your comments have been coming in. let's go right to them here. let's go with some of the twitter folk this morning. and some of these are short, sweet, and to the point. asking about them getting money now. or wanting money for it. first person here responding. is that surprising? another one saying of course they do. another person saying how dumb is that? and then after that, another person saying they are a hot mess. and then the last one on the screen here says i hope they need cash for being bailed out
of jail. stupid stunt which could've endangered our president, they should be prosecuted. it's one thing, a lot of people were back and forth on whether or not they were in trouble. now people hearing they want money, taken people over the edge in their opinions right now. >> and they may have legal bills it's sounding like as they possibly face criminal charges. >> sounded like they already had issues with money, with bankruptcy, with the business they were in and all kinds of financial issues already. so there you go. please, continue to send your comments into us, facebook, twitter, on our blog, as well, you know where to find us. meanwhile, it's coming up at the top of the hour. we want to welcome you all to this cnn sunday morning. i'm t.j. holmes. >> and i'm brianna keilar. thanks for joining us. a lot of folks out there, wrapping up your holiday weekend. millions of you will be heading home. a long holiday weekend. you're trying to get away from the relatives finally now.
we're trying to help out by the bottom of the screen putting up the forecast for many cities, weather updates across the country and also our reynolds wolf is going to be helping out. we're going to hear from him a full forecast in about eight minutes right now. >> and tiger woods is holding out. police showed up at his door, they wanted to talk to him about friday's car crash. and he said no thanks, come back tomorrow. i'm sure they will. but we've got also more details on that. also new pictures of his banged up escalade coming up. also i want to tell you about some of the top stories we're keeping an eye on this morning. a lifeline on the way for homeowners facing foreclosure. tomorrow the obama administration announcing a new initiative to put more pressure on mortgage lenders. the goal is to convert troubled loans into new loans with lower payments. part of a $57 billion program announced earlier in the year. a solid start to the holiday shopping season. retailers raked in almost $10.7 billion. that's according to shopper track keeping an eye on sales. we're seeing .5% increase over
last year. five more bodies have been recovered after a ferry capsized in southern bangladesh. this brings the death toll to 36. half of those victims are children. officials say the boat, which fits about 1,500 people was carrying about 2,000 people when it toppled friday from just too much weight. russian investigators say a train derailment friday night was an act of terrorism. an explosion on the tracks derailed the train killing at least 26 people and injuring 100 others. and our matthew chance is in moscow. what is the latest you can tell us about this investigation? >> well, even the victims at this stage, brianna, haven't all been identified. the russian authorities are saying is they can confirm at this point that at least 25 people, passengers on board that bomb train are confirmed as dead. more than 100 are injured. some of them in quite serious condition. but there are more than a dozen people who are still unaccounted for who are believed to have been on the train. obviously there's a good potential for that death toll to rise in the hours ahead as
family members go and identify the bodies that are in the morgue. and the train services, though, have been restored, but in russia's two main cities where the train was heading to. when it was bombed at about 9:30 local time on friday night. investigators on the ground still sifting through the wreckage. >> reporter: daylight reveals the horrifying extent of this russian train disaster. rescue workers are at the twisted wreckage of the nevsky express. casualties are high, and relatives of those on board desperate. >> my brother and nephew are on the train. i've tried getting some information over the phone and web, but couldn't, so i came here. >> i know my daughter's alive and well, she sent me a text message on my mobile phone. saying she's managed to get out of the carriage and she's intact. she couldn't call me for some reason. >> reporter: at the scene, prosecutors have opened a criminal case, a small crater
has been found beneath the tracks. railway officials say it was sabotage. >> translator: as far as leads are concerned, the main theory behind the accident is the blast of an unidentified explosive device conducted by unidentified persons, a terrorist attack. >> reporter: the russian president medvedev has appeared on state television being briefed by government officials and urging calm. we need no chaos, he told the country. the situation is tense enough. but if it was a bomb that derailed the train causing such horrific casualties, it would be the deadliest attack outside russia for many years. and that's worrying many russians who may have hoped they'd seen the last of these kind of acts. not since 2004 with the suicide bombings of two airliners
killing 80 people. in fact, the nevsky express was bombed once before in 2007, but there were only injuries. this time, the impact has been far greater. >> brianna, russian prosecutors say they've launched the nationwide investigation attempt to try to bring those responsible for this train bombing to justice. back to you. >> and matthew, is there any sense of who might be the culprit here? >> well, i think in cases like this, in russia, the finger of blame inevitably points to islamist militants from russia's region where bombings and shootings are almost weekly occurrence. but in this case, there's speculation it may have been the work of some kind of ultranationalist skin head gang. and so the investigators still have not given any official confirmation of who they believe is responsible, brianna. >> that is interesting. all right, we know that you will follow up on that, matthew. thank you very much. matthew chance from moscow.
investigators are not any closer to getting answers to the mysterious car crash involving tiger woods. >> and we're in windermere, florida, where investigators say they've been turned away two times already. >> reporter: t.j. and brianna, good morning. troopers say they're as surprised as anyone else why they haven't been able to hook up yet with tiger woods and his wife to take a statement after that traffic accident. they called it very unusual. a cracked up front end of what's believed to be tiger woods' cadillac suv. photos provided anonymously to cnn affiliate wftv. shots taken after the golfing phenom crashed into a fire hydrant at the end of his driveway and slammed into a neighbor's tree. >> he was on the ground, semiunconscious, had lacerations. >> reporter: federal highway patrol investigators entered the gated upscale community on saturday to hear firsthand from woods about what caused him to
apparently lose control of his car at 2:30 in the morning thanksgiving night. but on their way there, woods' agent called and said come back tomorrow. police say it wasn't the first time they were turned away. just after the accident, the mother of two was described as frantic, standing over her husband when police arrived. they said she bashed out a rear window with a golf club. >> from what i understand she explained the doors were locked and she could not gain entry. >> reporter: florida troopers released an initial report saying the accident was not alcohol-related. woods has a squeaky clean image and known for keeping his private life private, even his boat is called privacy. woods is not only golf's biggest draw and record-setting title holder. he's an endorsement power house. everything from nike golf, gatorade, and ea sports. his wife and children are only occasionally seen at tournaments. when his son was born last february, he released this rare, but heart warming family portrait.
under florida law, he's not required to make a statement to police, all he really has to do is show he has a valid driver's license, proof of registration, and insurance. and perhaps today he'll do that. t.j. and brianna? >> susan candiotti for us in windermere. a lot of questions about this case here. our don lemon talked with mike brooks last night. he's a law enforcement analyst with our sister network hln and in session. and here's his take on how the police are handling the investigation. >> florida highway patrol needs to close this out -- they've even said, there's an investigation. plus he hit a hydrant. we've seen pictures of the scene. the fire hydrant was cordoned off. that's county property, that's not the subdivision property. that is county property. and the reason they're investigating this, don, is because it is not within the city of windermere, florida, it is unincorporated, so that's why
the state patrol is investigating this. but i can guarantee you when they were out there, they were looking for other things there on the scene too. skid marks, any shadowing, were any brakes applied? >> we'll continue to follow this case and bring you any updates as they happen. >> we do have you covered this morning when it comes to your weather. a lot of people interested in it because they're trying to travel. see if it'll cause them any problems. we've got the weather up on the bottom of the screen, and also reynolds wolf. make sure you've got what you need to help. seriously, we've got a big storm system. it's a frontal boundary that's going to extend over 1,000 miles to the great lakes and to the gulf of mexico. it's going to cause delays for millions of people trying to get home. not just for today, but also for tomorrow, and coming up, we'll give you the latest on where this is headed and what it'll do in some time. back to you. >> thanks, reynolds. and looks like the only way we'll hear from the couple crashing the state dinner is if
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a lot of people have this conception that california's always sunny. but this time of year is really the rainy season. and during the winter, that's what it means for parts of southern california. but in the high elevations, means some snow fall. take a look at this from kgtv. they've had some rainfall in the invalleys, high elevation, a bit of a touch of snow. and this is really the time they get all of their water. this is where they get the moisture, and this is the thing that's beneficial for many people in southern california. and what's funny in this part of the world. when you have this rain up towards central california. for a few months california looks like ireland, so green and pretty. and when you get back into may, april, june, and july, everything turns brown again. >> and we southern californians, we're not the best at driving in the rain. there are a lot of car accidents because of that, right? >> well, today, there could some car accidents due to the rough weather and of course, delays in the travel. in terms of people trying to fly. we're going to take a look at that. here we are in atlanta. conditions looking okay for the time being. we've got a shot in the down
tiny area. we see a mix of sunshine and clouds. for tomorrow, we could see some scattered showers, maybe a few storms roll in. and especially into the afternoon hours. i think the chance of rain's going to be around 80%. we were talking earlier about a frontal boundary that extends over to -- that was my stomach or something -- never mind. take a look at what we have right here. we've got this area of low pressure, right from the great lakes, bringing scattered showers there. but on the back half of the system, we're not talking rain, chances of snowfall back into milwaukee. madison, wisconsin, we're talking about you guys too. you could get some snow before the day is out. heavy snowfall is not going to be in the gulf coast, too warm for that, but parts of new mexico, the high mountain pass, we already have winter storm warnings in effect. now, when you make your way back over to the sierra nevada, snow is not going to be an issue today, but you could have wind gusts on i-80. be careful there. relatively dry for most of
central and northern california today, but patchy showers possible down south. we showed you that video moments ago. and the pacific northwest, scattered showers possible in that part of the world. let's talk about delays quickly. we're going to be more in depth, but boston, philly, going to cause some delays. look for issues in places like st. louis, detroit, memphis, and back into dallas and houston. not only chances of showers, but maybe a rumble of thunder into the afternoon. that rain will be heading towards atlanta as we get to tomorrow and tomorrow afternoon. that's a quick wrap on your forecast. i'm going to be teamed up with josh levs very, very soon. we're going to be talking more about this bar you see at the bottom of the screen. we're chalked full of information this morning. we're cnn. >> we cannot get enough of you today, reynolds wolf. >> there's a limit. >> i think we may hit that limit. >> no. we'll see you shortly. of course, if you're getting on a plane today, don't go
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great music. good music. >> yeah. our excellent producer who is our music producer, as well. good stuff this morning. and that has to do with a lot of people flying today. millions of people when you fly you always dread the possibility of flight delays. >> and there are some websites to help you find out what things are like all over the country. and our josh levs is on the lookout for those.
>> well, you're definitely not getting on a plane like that today. but millions of you are getting on planes. we want to show you key websites to check out any airport in america that you might be traveling through. and here's the deal, you don't need to write it down because i'm going to show you where i've linked all of these things for you. check out this first one. this one comes to us from the faa. and you can see the tiny green dots giving you information. click on it, and you should be able to get it from there. take a look at this one, flightstat.com. a big map and every time they get new information about one of the airports in america, they put up a green dot, you can go, move around the map, and check it out. another one here accuweather.com, mixing the latest from the airports with the latest from the weather. where you see the yellow here, talking about expected weather delays. more on that from reynolds in
just a minute. and one more i want to show you. i like this from orbitz, a travel planning website. and what they do is put the code letters for the airports around the country. you can get more than these, but click on any one of them and you get updated information from these airports. let's go to this graphic because this is where i have posted links to everything i just showed you. it's up in our blog cnn.com/josh, up at facebook, josh levs cnn, and twitter, as well. what's going on on these maps? not too much yet. big picture for the travelers all over the country today. how bad is is i think go to be? >> i would say mostly for the eastern sea board because of the sheer volume of people. all three of the big airports, up to new york, boston, logan, no major delays in spots like d.c. but take a look where you have the big clusters. you've got o'hare and midway in chicago, detroit is beginning to get busy. and here in atlanta, the world's
busiest airport, we've got a lot of folks out there too. the big issue, josh, today in terms of your weather is not cooperating because of this area of low pressure and this frontal boundary moving through one-third of the nation. with that, it's inevitable we're going to see some issues. in the key places, it's going to be the new york metros boston and philadelphia, wind and sheer volume could back you out about 15 to 30 minutes and that may be a bit on the optimistic side. and you may have delays that exceed an hour or so and that happens. st. louis, detroit, memphis could have issues. josh, there you go, man. >> let me point out two things. first of all, let's remind everyone, the domino effect. the way our air system works right now, you've got a problem in one area it'll affect the whole country. big picture, sounds like it's not going to be one of the nightmare days. >> it shouldn't be. but you bring up an excellent point. you could be in denver, colorado, the skies look great, but your flight's delayed because you might have issues taking place in atlanta or chicago. and as you mentioned, that
domino effect. the domino effect, we have to keep that in mind. don't yell at the counter and ticket people. they're doing the best they can and sometimes the news isn't always the best. >> thanks, reynolds. and i'll tell you all, the links i showed you before, we give you ideas on what to do in different airports. ways to speed your way through security all up there at the blog, facebook, and twitter. hopefully people won't suffer too much today. we've seen the nightmares in the past. we've got our fingers crossed for today. >> get at the airport early, get on the road early, have some patience. >> patience would be good. easy for us to say we're not going there. >> i am. >> i'm going home. >> i'll be living it. we'll see. thanks, josh. people out there are talking about the couple accused of crashing obama's state dinner. >> and the couple is not talking until they get paid. according to a leading independent research firm, in 2009 clients rated wells fargo advisors the #1 u.s investment firm for doing what's best for them.
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certainly. well, thank goodness it's out of character. we've been asking you about this this morning. i want to read some of the comments you've been sending to me, to us here on twitter and what not. let's start with this at the top. the question i was asking is what do you think now about the couple wanting to get paid? we'll start with rob at the top here saying well, isn't this america? if you were them, wouldn't you want to get paid? the economy sucks right now. that's one way to look at it, brianna. another says, i wouldn't pay them a dime, they should be in jail. steve says the couple that crashed the white house state dinner now wants cash for an interview? is cnn larry king broke? he's making the reference that we thought we were going to have an interview but we quickly turned them down when we realized they wanted money. and yes, the economy is tough and it effects us all. larry king not broke, but can't pay all that for an interview. we don't pay for interviews. it's against the rules. >> against the rules.